2010 Quivira Sauvignon Blanc, California; $18
All of the grapes used to make this wine are 100 percent organic and biodynamic. The nose is terrific. It's full of clean, grassy aromas and a fig newton quality. Once the wine hits the mouth, layers of citrus zest, fresh figs, honeysuckle and grapefruit cover the taste buds and make for a lively tasting experience. On the finish, notes of acidity perfectly balance out the fruit and keep it fresh. This is a terrific sauvignon blanc and a great example that buying organic does not have to cost more. You could easily pair this wine with seafood -- anything from oysters to shrimp -- or chicken and pork dishes, just make sure that the sauce is not too heavy.
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Alize Bleu Passion, France; $19
This is a unique drink that is a combination of passion fruit, cherries and ginger blended with French vodka. It has a striking blue color and an aroma that is divine, with the passion fruit and sweet cherries being most pronounced. Once the flavors hit the mouth, it is out of this world. The sweetness of the fruit notes with a touch of the spice from the ginger blend together perfectly to make a truly outstanding cocktail. It is well balanced and not overly sweet, making it terrific for sipping on the rocks or adding to champagne for a new touch on mimosas. It would also work perfectly in a variety of cosmos or mixed with other light spirits. The combinations of drinks are endless when you start with such a great base.
Lain Bradford is a wine writer and reviewer who has achieved his first level master sommelier certificate and is working toward his Certified Wine Educator degree. He only writes about beverages that are available in South Carolina and Georgia. Follow him on Twitter under the name "winereview."